Learning Through 3D Glasses

The Putnam County School Board was given a unique presentation on the Cubed Classroom at its meeting on March 17.

Putnam County Junior High School math teacher Emory Burdette demonstrated the Cubed Classroom which has students able to manipulate and learn from three dimensional images. The program can teach math or science and has other potential applications.

The students wear 3-D style glasses — more sturdy than typical movie theater 3-D glasses — and this allows them to view the program. The program levels have been used in high school math and science as well as in the elementary buildings and at the junior high school.

Money to purchase the program was given by Quaker Lane Enterprises, a company Putnam County resident Bart Whitney works for. According to Putnam County Schools Superintendent Jay McCracken, Whitney was instrumental in the process of obtaining the money for the district.

In other business:

• A new certificate of deposit was given to North Central Bank (NCB) for the next 12 months. The CD is in the amount of $334,405.58. This was awarded to NCB through bidding per the district investment policy.

• The state of Illinois owes Putnam County School District $220,397.17, which McCracken characterized as typical for this time of year.

• The board came out of closed session and authorized the rehire of first-year teachers: Kyle Anderson, Emory Burdette, Kristin Erickson, Monica Frund, Wendy Louis, Jared Moore, Chris Newsome, Joey Ohnesorge, Chelsi Straughn and Matt Gimbal. Second-year teachers rehired included Michelle Edens, Samantha Fifer, Jamie Kunkel and Kaitlyn Ralph. Third-year teachers who were rehired included Tyler Ellena, John Heiser and Jessica Lenkaitis. The board rehired and granted tenure to fourth-year teacher Josh Nauman. Laura Spraggon and Sarah Kottke received notices they will not be re-employed.

Source: Putnam County Record